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Halo 2 expansion pack confirmed

Multiplayer-focused expansion set for July release.

The rumours of a Halo 2 expansion pack we wrote about last week are true. The Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack will be released in July for AU$29.99.

The pack focuses on the game's multiplayer experience, and features nine new maps for team gaming. The expansion pack will also contain two new videos: an animated side-story from the single-player story in New Mombasa and a mini-documentary that includes interviews with the map designers, combat strategies and fly-throughs of the new maps.

If you prefer not to take your gaming on-line, the pack will also allow players to use the maps offline via system-link or split screen play.

Xbox Live subscribers will get an early chance to check out four maps from the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack in late April. Two maps, Containment and Warlock, will be presented by Mountain Dew at no cost to Xbox Live subscribers. Two additional maps, Sanctuary and Turf, can be purchased via Xbox Live for AU$7.99. To complete the Map Pack collection, subscribers can download the five remaining maps on June 28 for AU$19.99.

Set in a Forerunner environment on Delta Halo, Containment is an icy outdoor environment suitable for vehicle combat and large team objective games such as Capture the Flag. Warlock, a small to mid-sized indoor arena set in ancient Forerunner ruins, offers opportunities for game types such as Territories, Slayer, Team Slayer and more. Located in the streets of Old Mombasa near the wreckage of a downed Covenant Scarab, Turf is a midsize asymmetrical urban combat environment with narrow streets, dark alleyways and heavily defended buildings. The sunlit remains of an ancient Forerunner temple, Sanctuary is a medium-sized symmetrical environment for Capture the Flag, Assault, Territories and Slayer games.

More information on the individual maps and the Multiplayer Map Pack can be found at Bungie's official site.

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